Friends at Larrapin Leigh on 15 Feb 2010 08:55 am
Fayetteville has been aflutter with gardening and chicken energy this weekend. I used up my usual entire month’s worth of off-the-farm socializing attending local events on chix and planting! First there was a screening of the film about Mad City Chickens, a funny show documenting the adventures of wanna-be urban chicken wranglers in Madison, WI. Great fun! Then there was Fayetteville’s first community seed swap at the public library. WOW! The place was mobbed with folks! It is so thrilling to see people so eager to learn or continue learning about growing their own food and exploring the farm animals that hold such a place in our heritage. Watch out Fayetteville, it seems that goats come next!
Anyway, the chicken film made me nostalgic, thinking about the day-old-chicks to big laying hen journey I made with this current batch of Buckeyes & Australorps. So below are links to three posts documenting some of that adventure. I get excited thinking that later this year there will be another cheeping box of babies to pick up at the post office….
Below is the little video shot when the chix were just a day or so old. They are so cute at that stage they don’t even look real. (If you are reading via email, click the blue title of this post at the top to go to the blog and see the video and other pics.)
They grow up fast though! The post below is about the babies first big day out in the big-chicken world. (There was an intermediate sized pen involved obviously!)
Buckeyes explore their big bird digs! Click to read that post and see more “teenage” pics over at the old blog.
And finally, some pics above of the girls all grown up into fat laying hens. (Click on pics to enlarge.) Here they are exploring one of the many recent snowfalls. They are not fans of the white stuff. In fact it seems to make them a bit grumpy. But Spring is coming, I tell them…and myself! Thanks for stopping by A Larrapin Garden.